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Top 5 certified Human Rights courses 2016/2017


Human Rights and Open Societies (University of Utrecht)

In this course participants explore one of the world’s most advanced human rights systems: the European Convention on Human Rights and its mechanisms. Course participants will learn about the functioning of the European Human Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and how human rights complaints are received and processed.  The course will investigate several human rights issues related to the right to freedom of expression, the right to vote, and the prohibition of discrimination. Furthermore the course is going to investigate the rights of migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups in need of protection. The course will also provide information about possible restrictions to these rights.

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Social Norms, Social Change (UNICEF, Penn University)

This Massive Open Online Course offered by UNICEF and Penn University consists of two parts: one theoretical part focusing on the diverse rules governing human societies and one practical part where students apply the concepts they studied.  The first course will teach students how to make the distinction between social norms and social constructs, like customs or conventions. These distinctions are crucial for effective policy interventions aimed to create new, beneficial norms or eliminate harmful ones. Throughout the course several human rights issues like child marriage, gender violence and sanitation practices will be discussed.

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International Law in Action: Investigating and Prosecuting International Crimes (Universiteit Leiden)

This Massive Open Online Course examines how international criminal cases are handled by the International Criminal Court and provides an overview of its functions, benefits and weaknesses. The units include The International Criminal Justice System: Core Concepts and Foundations, The International Criminal Justice System: Justice Institutions and Procedures, Trying Perpetrators and Remedying Wrong and Look to the Future. The course certificate is offered by the renowned Universiteit Leiden.

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Global Diplomacy – Diplomacy in the Modern World (SOAS, University of London)

Bringing together cutting edge research in the broad fields of Diplomatic and International Studies, award winning distance learning delivery and the instructors previous experience of delivering a successful MOOC, this course has received top ratings among most of the course participants. The Global Diplomacy MOOC has a direct heritage in the University of London International Academy/SOAS Global Diplomacy MA Programme launched in April 2013, which has attracted top students from all around the world.

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Human Rights: The Rights of Refugees (Amnesty International)

Amnesty International’s second Massive Open Online Course will teach you about the human rights of refugees and empower you to defend them. Be prepared for active learning, connecting with course participants from across the world and to become part of a global community campaigning for the rights of refugees to be upheld everywhere. Throughout the course you will be asked to apply the knowledge and skills you gained to your own context. At the end of the course you will be able to create your own Action plan and discuss it with other participants.

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